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Essential fatty acids are important to good health.* Since your body is unable to produce some of these essential fatty acids, they must be obtained through your diet.

Many years of scientific investment have been spent developing and creating the Equazen range as we know it today. A blend of both Omega-3 and Omega-6, the Equazen range has different products for different life stages.*

Why are Fats and Fatty Acids Important?

Dietary fats are part of our everyday diet. They belong to a larger group of compounds called lipids. Lipids help build our cell membranes and are vital to our central nervous system – making up about 50-60% of the weight of our brain!5

Of these brain lipids, approximately 35% are made up of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), which include Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are PUFAs that cannot be made or stored by your body and must be provided by food or supplements.

Why are fats important?

Fats have vital roles in our bodies. They store energy, are a vital part of our cell membranes, provide insulation for tissues, cushion many of our organs, and carry vitamins around in our blood. Plus they are important for helping us get other nutrients that we need from our diet. Not to mention they are so useful for cooking, by adding lots of flavour, and improving the texture of our foods.1

People might have some concerns about fats, which largely stems from our association with fats and weight gain. Fats can cause weight gain because of their energy storing abilities. When you compare fats with proteins and carbohydrates, fats store a lot more energy, containing double the number of calories.2

1 gram of fat = 9 calories

1 gram of carbohydrate or protein = 4 calories

What about fatty acids?

Fatty acids are what you get when fats are broken down, because fats are made up of glycerol plus fatty acids. There are many different types of fats, made from many different types of fatty acids, and many different roles for these in our bodies. Learn more about the types of fatty acids.

**Essential fatty acids (ALA) & (LA) are needed for normal growth and development of children. The beneficial effect is obtained with a daily intake of 2g of alpha linolenic acid (ALA) and 10g of linoleic acid (LA).

DHA and EPA belong to the omega-3 series of polyunsaturated fatty acids, and GLA belongs to the special Omega-6 series of essential fatty acids in structure. The human body cannot synthesize EPA, DHA, and GLA by itself, and must be absorbed from food or nutritional supplements.

EPA

Omega-3 functional unsaturated fatty acid
(eicosapentaenoic acid)

  • EPA helps brain cells to communicate and enhances neural information transmission
  • Improve coordination, focus, and control emotions
  • Help DHA maintain the cell structure more steadily
  • The cardiovascular system is more flexible and reduces bad blood lipids

DHA

Omega-3 Structural Unsaturated Fatty Acid
(Docosahexaenoic Acid)

  • DHA is the main tissue component of brain cells and retina. Very important for the early development of the brain (0-3 years old)
    (*Not all functions are listed in this table)

Equazen deep-sea fish oil selects sardines and anchovies from the unpolluted waters of the South Pacific, which are rich in Omega 3-DHA and EPA. Once the fish oil is extracted, it is processed with precise technology-molecular distillation and freezing technology to obtain pure and natural deep-sea fish oil.

Studies have shown that under the interaction of different fatty acids in an appropriate proportion, the information-receiving capacity of brain cells doubles, and the benefits produced are far more significant than those of individual ingredients. In addition to high-quality fish oil, Jiajiansu also contains natural and organic evening primrose oil (GLA). The unique ingredients of Jiajiansu help to replenish and absorb.

GLA

Omega-6 (γ-linolenic acid)

  • GLA helps reduce the production of destructive inflammatory factors in the brain
  • Helps enhance the efficiency of EPA
  • Balances the ratio of fatty acids

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References

1. Chemistry Encyclopedia. Fats and fatty acids. Available at: http://www.chemistryexplained.com/Di-Fa/Fats-and-Fatty-Acids.html Accessed August 2018.
2. Food and Nutrition Information Center. How many calories are in one gram of fat, carbohydrate, or protein? Available at: https://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/how-many-calories-are-one-gram-fat-carbohydrate-or-protein Accessed August 2018.
3. Biology Dictionary. Fatty acids definition. Available at: https://biologydictionary.net/fatty-acids Accessed August 2018.
4. Healthline. Omega-3-6-9 fatty acids: a complete overview. Available at: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/omega-3-6-9-overview#section4 Accessed August 2018.
5. Liu JJ. Brain Res 2015 Feb 9; 220-246.